Where will you take that special someone?
N.C. State Fair – North Carolina State Fairgrounds
While regular admission is $10, you can bring 5 Food Lion brand cans of food on Thursday, October 19th and get in free as part of Food Lion Hunger Relief Day! See local bands in the Homegrown Music Fest at Dorton Arena or sip on craft beer and fine wine from 40 breweries and 40 wineries at the Our State Public House. Between Cheerwine funnel cakes, farm animals, and fair rides, nothing could be finer than celebrating North Carolina.
The Great Raleigh Trolley is offering free rides to and from the fair in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Wake County Salvation Army today, Wednesday, October 18th. Pickup is at 6:15pm in front of Paddy O' Beers at 121 Fayetteville Street.
International Festival of Raleigh – Raleigh Convention Center
Travel far and wide without hitching a ride to the airport by visiting the Raleigh Convention Center for the annual International Festival. With tickets starting at $5, spare yourself the airfare and experiences world cultures through food, live performances, and dance. New this year comes $5 sampler plates, FRIDA – the play about Frida Kahlo, and international bands.
Movies by Moonlight – Dorothea Dix Park
A new Raleigh tradition, this month's free Movies by Moonlight will be a Halloween double feature of "Hocus Pocus" and "Shaun of the Dead." Pack your picnic blanket, but leave your basket at home because Daddy Bob's Barbeque, El Rey del Taco, and Captain Cookie and The Milk Man's food trucks will be your concession stands for the night. Come in costume and stay to compete for an extra spooky night.
Game Night – Oak and Dagger Public House 18 Seaboard Avenue #150
Fancy a bit of friendly competition or craving a craft brew? Indulge in both at Oak and Dagger each Monday night starting at 6pm.
Triangle Game Night brings 75 games from a 250 game collection, so you'll be at no loss for classics like Battleship and Clue or deep dives into Risk or Settlers of Catan. Take the edge off with any of their 15 draft brews including their mainstays Mil's Pils (a Czech Pilsner) or a seasonal such as their Apple Harvest Ale.
Karaoke Night – Imurj Café 300 South McDowell Street
Sing your heart out each Monday night at Imurj, a café serving as a creative hub of budding artists of all types. Free to sing with a $1 one-time lifetime membership fee. Peruse the rotating art collection throughout the space as you drink up the courage to get on stage with the $7 drink special and local beers on tap.
Renee is a sit-down comedienne and event photographer when she's not at her day job. While it doesn't pay the bills, her talents are an excuse to day drink craft brews on rooftops, get into festivals on Fayetteville Street, and general gallivanting. Outdoors she's usually seen with her default date: her dog Max, scoping out a spot to people watch and heckle passersby. Her mother says the two worst things you can give her indoors are a drink and a mic.